8 Top-Rated Attractions & Places to Visit in Costa Rica

1. Manuel Antonio National Park

Set on the edge of the town of Manuel Antonio, Manuel Antonio National Park is one of Costa Rica's top destinations for wildlife viewing.

2. Arenal Volcano

The Arenal Volcano National Park, found in the rugged Cordillera de Tilarán, is one of the top volcano viewing areas in the country.

3. Monteverde and the Cloud Forests

Some of the best places to go ecotourism in Costa Rica are the Cloud Forests near Monteverde and Santa Elena.

4. Tamarindo

If you're looking for an action-packed beach town to settle in to for a while, Tamarindo is just the place.

5. Dominical

Dominical is a tropical backpacker's haven and one of the best places in Costa Rica for surfing.

6. Mal Pais and Santa Teresa

Mal Pais is a beach town on the Nicoya Peninsula. It is known for its great waves, which bring surfers from all over the world.

7. Jaco

If you want to get away from San Jose but still want the comforts and services of a bigger town or city, Jaco is a good pick.

8. Wildlife Viewing

Costa Rica is one of those rare countries where the wildlife alone can be worth the trip.